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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Sandra Jones

After 20 years, Chef Sandra decided to take the leap and left her corporate career to pursue her passion for creating dishes from fresh, organic ingredients. For Chef Sandra, becoming a Personal Chef was a very natural “next step.” She loves every aspect of food, from shopping for specialty and ethnic food ingredients. Read more>>

Monica Navarrete

I began my wreath business about five years later as just something to express my creativity and give me an outlet. I would make pieces for friends and take part in a few fall/winter craft shows each year. I have evolved my style over time to include all types and sizes of wreaths plus garlands, swags, etc. Read more>>

Jacquilyn Robinson

I feel so blessed that other people enjoy my work so much that they buy it to hang in their homes, give as gifts to people, and to have just because. Every six months, I donate 1% of my earnings up to that point to the Defeat GBM Organization in honor of my mom. My mother passed away from GBM (aka glioblastoma, rare and aggressive form of brain cancer) in November 2017, so contributing to this organization means a lot to me. Read more>>

David Huval

I had decided I was doing to work in marketing or advertising or possibly graphic design, as they would allow me to pursue better-paying careers, but still allowed me to be creative. In May of 2011, I graduated with a degree in Communication Design. Shortly after graduation, I started working as an Art Director for a local advertising firm but eventually moved to Dallas. Read more>>

Tarsha Polk

I knew I wanted a career in business. On career day in middle school, I dressed up in my mother’s suit jacket and pearls and carried a briefcase to school. Something about being a businesswoman was appealing to me. I even participated in the Junior Achievement program, an organization that teaches financial literacy and entrepreneurship to K-12th graders. Read more>>

Jamey Jamison

After college and a few years touring with the ArtsPower National Touring Theatre and the Brooklyn Theatre Company, I landed in New Orleans where I spent time with Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans and then went on to work at various other artistic ventures. It was not until I moved to the Metroplex that I found my passion for teaching Children’s theatre and working with youth. Read more>>

Maggie Zamanian

I started embroidery as a hobby, monogramming everything for my kids and my friends. I was a 4th-grade teacher in Plano until I had kids. As a stay at home mom, I decided to start embroidery as a business, continued to grow & now have two big machines going all the time! Read more>>

Martha Petit

Word of mouth and repeat customers is what really kept me busy and my business booming, Simply Southern Sweet was born! In 2017 we were surprised with a beautiful baby girl, Magnolia. I have been so lucky to be home with her while doing what I love. Time is a constant struggle as there are many late nights working to not miss out on time with her but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Read more>>

Chong Kim

Through the film, it gave me an opportunity to expand my opportunity to educate people about Human Trafficking, so I started writing a series which is a procedural show about a female survivor who works alongside the FBI Taskforce to teach them how to think like a trafficker. Read more>>

Faith Keith

This is how the Leverage Retirement sound was birthed. We don’t really believe in retirement the same way as most. I believe in meeting society where they are and helping them (through their employer) create sustainable lifestyles – meaning, live the life they want and keep it going. Read more>>

Amy Fang

Fortunately, over time I learned to put myself and what I wanted of myself before anyone else, and what they thought was good for me. I rediscovered my passions in Art and fashion, and am now studying Graphic Design at the University of North Texas, which is the #1 school for Graphic design in the state. That wouldn’t be possible without the support of like-minded peers. Read more>>

Christian McGowan

I have since then accumulated many sorts of different pets. I now only live with two big dogs and a small parrot. Everything in between was done through my art. I’ve been inspired by many conservation activists and movements to save a good number of animals well-known as well as the more obscure. Read more>>

Andrea Reiter

About a year ago I started voicing my interest of modeling to my mom I wasn’t sure if she was going to agree with it or not but I figured why not try it out. One day out of the blue my mom told me about this model group called Alabama Fashion Alliance that was having an open casting for runway models. Read more>>

Jay and Jessie Norman

We are 4th generation farmers that farm nearly 50 miles northeast of Dallas, where we grow corn, soybean, wheat, and cattle. We realized after running the farm, being married for a couple of years, and blending our two families together that the entire process required an exorbitant amount of grace and humility. Read more>>

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